This one’s for all the Christian Teen Ministry Leaders…
I’ve been working in youth ministry for years, and I currently run a fellowship group out of my home, filled with rambunctious, honest to goodness teens from all walks on the faith trail. We have more girls than boys, but the few boys that do come are a significant and consistent part of the group. I love this group of kids. Oh, how I do.
I didn’t plan on running this ministry, but apparently God did and I complied. That’s the thing about serving– if you open your eyes to the needs around you and have a heart and a passion for what you see-
If you step out of your comfortable place and make the offer, God will do the rest.
This happens all the time.
It’s how God moves mountains.
So anyway, this last month the boys couldn’t make the group due to traveling. And as far as I knew, there would be no other guest appearances (Kids are ALWAYS welcome to bring friends/boyfriends/neighbors, etc), so I wanted to focus on the intimate and sometimes uncomfortable topics of sex, modesty and purity.
I mean, any teen wants to talk about all that jazz in a group, right?
Especially a Christian ministry group.
And man, it’s every ministry leader’s dream to approach such subjects.
Here’s what I want every teen ministry leader to know:
YOU MUST TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS.
I fear too many Christian organizations are turning their heads the other way, avoiding the unavoidable, silencing the epidemic that is taking over the culture of our youth, simply because this topic is a threat to the Christian message. That this risky discussion may open up the gateway to sin and God forbid we open the door and allow dangerous and damaging ideas into our innocent and protected cherubs’ minds. And then there’s the obvious: The conversation around sex is controversial and uncomfortable at best.
Oh dear me, we need to get over it and do the hard thing.
We need to all take a deep prayerful breath and…
Because they’re there.
Please continue reading this important message over at Her View From Home. (Click HERE to read it.) To support this idea, please share on social media so other teen ministry leaders can read it too.